Ballantine Books and Random House Audio - 2022
On June 28, 2004, a well-respected, small town North Carolina doctor named Vincent Gilmer, picked up his father from the assisted living facility he lived at, drove him around in his truck to Virginia and strangled him with a dog leash and then cut off his fingers leaving his body on the side of the road. What caused Vincent Gilmer to snap and murder his own father and then show up at his clinic ready to see patients at his Asheville, NC office the following day?
A second Dr. Gilmer, Benjamin Gilmer (no relation) joined the same clinic and learned about what transpired. He was more than a little concerned about Vince Gilmer finding out about the new doctor with the same last name but, he was also was intrigued and interested in meeting the man who was now spending time in prison. Benjamin Gilmer working with journalist Sarah Koenig had discovered that Vince had a number of mental health issues and a neurological condition (Huntington's Disease) that may have contributed to the act of violence that landed him his prison sentence. Benjamin Gilmer was determined to do what he could to help free Vince Gilmer.
This story is hard to read about at times. At times I sympathized with Gilmer, the killer, after learning what he experienced at the hands of his father. This is a true story shows the failures of our justice system as the author tries to advocate on Vince Gilmer's behalf to get him released from prison. I thought this story was very well written and investigated but, it did make me wonder how the author was able to continue his medical practice and meet with, investigate and continue his fight for justice. The author also had a family who needed his emotional and financial support.
This book is highly recommended to readers who enjoy true-crime stories. The audio book was read by the author and was very well done. Tis audio download was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars